SF Studios announces the epic disaster film The Abyss directed by Richard Holm

9 September 2022 - Last updated 10 September 2022

Today SF Studios announces The Abyss (Swedish title: Avgrunden), the first Swedish large-scale disaster film about devastating events taking place in the mining town of Kiruna and the iron mine Kiirunavaara. In the lead role we see Tuva Novotny (Annihilation, Eat Pray Love, Riget 2) and the director is the action veteran Richard Holm (Johan Falk, Mother Goose). The cast also includes Kardo Razzazi (Honour, Alex) and Peter Franzén (Vikings, The Gunman, Heart of a Lion) as well as Felicia Truedsson (Young Royals), Tintin Poggats Sarri (Charter) and Edvin Ryding (Young Royals). SF Studios is producing and distributing the film, which is expected to premiere in Swedish cinemas on September 15, 2023.

There is no doubt that something is about to happen in Kiruna, the only question is when. The Abyss is the story of a family faced with the unthinkable when the disaster everyone feared suddenly becomes a reality. At the center of the events is Frigga (Tuva Novotny), who tries to balance her risky job as a security manager in the Kiirunavaara mine with her family life, her new love Dabir (Kardo Razzazi) and her ex, who doesn't want to let go (Peter Franzén). But when the ground suddenly starts to shake under their feet, the puzzle of life doesn't matter and the struggle to not be pulled into the abyss begins.

"I've directed a lot of action during my career and to now be able to take it one step further with a truly large-scale disaster film feels fantastic. But no action engages if there are no characters to identify with. That's why it's been extra fun to develop the family characters together with the actors during rehearsals. Also, the film's disaster theme has a large measure of truth in it. You move an entire town because the ground around it cracks due to the mine. As a storyteller, you only need a 'what if...", says Richard Holm, director.

The Abyss is filmed partly on location in Kiruna in northern Sweden and partly in Tampere in Finland, where many of the interior scenes in the mine were filmed. This week the filming was completed in Kiruna and the production is now moving to a studio in Las Palmas followed by extensive VFX work.

"Kiruna is the most important place for the story we want to tell. Therefore, it has also been important for us to be able to shoot on location. But to complete the film and maximize both the storytelling and the quality, we are filming in three more European countries. It is also fantastic that SF Studios and all other financiers dare to bet on a genre film, which historically we see very little of in Sweden", says Joakim Hansson, producer of the film.

SF Studios is producing and distributing the film in the Nordics and the rest of the world. After having produced several epic films in recent years such as The Emigrants, Margrete – Queen of the North, The Pact and the upcoming films The Final Race and A Man Called Otto, the film studio is now embarking on its first disaster film. 

"A truly action-packed disaster film has been at the top of my wish list for almost four years, so it is with great pride to now see The Abyss come to life. A thrilling plot with the heart in the right place, modern cast and a highly possible and terrifying scenario creates great anticipation and potential. We want to offer the Swedish audience films that they want to see, and local action films are extremely neglected despite of strong demand”, says Yaba Holst, Executive Producer, Head of Nordic Acquisition SF Studios.

The Abyss is produced in collaboration with Film Tampere, Mjölk Movies, Business Finland, Seven Islands Production, Gran Canaria Film Commission and Spanish Tax Rebate in collaboration with The Spanish Government and U-media with the support from Belgian Tax Shelter.

The Abyss is expected to premiere in Sweden on September 15, 2023.

For more information, please contact: 
Tim King, Executive Vice President Production, SF Studios, tim.king@sfstudios.se, +46 76 214 27 14
Yaba Holst, Head of Nordic Acquisition, SF Studios, yaba.holst@sfstudios.se, +46 73 411 95 35
Malin Strihagen, Vice President Brand & Communications, SF Studios, malin.strihagen@sfstudios.se, +46 70 780 39 35

About SF Studios
SF Studios, established in 1919, is one of the world’s oldest film companies. Today SF Studios is the leading film studio in the Nordic region with its headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden and offices in Oslo, Copenhagen, Helsinki and London. The company is producing and distributing feature films and TV series as well as providing the streaming service SF Anytime. SF Studios is part of the leading Nordic media company Bonnier.